Revelers sashayed about the Omni Shoreham wrapped in rainbow-colored feather boas, gesturing with Martina-tinis, the gala’s complimentary hot pink cocktail named for the Chair’s Award recipient, Martina Navratilova, in hand. Lime green and hot pink covered anything that didn’t move.
I imagine this what the Washington Blade had in mind when it nominated the Dare to Be gala as the best place to meet women in Washington, D.C.; that, and the overwhelming number of lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals at a single event.
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I personally think of queer activism — in my definition, any and all attempts, on any scale, that an individual makes to better the world for LGBTs — as a group effort akin to building a city. If you are building a city, you will want parks and schools. You would not ask a math teacher to plan a playground. You would not ask a construction foreman to coach softball. But the second one enters the so-called “activist” arena, their individual skills, intentions and decisions go the way of the dodo. No sooner will a person announce their desire to try and help than six others will pop up to tell them exactly how they’re doing it wrong.
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